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About MeyGray3833

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  1. Yes, mine was an older version of SGP as well. I would have thought that updates to the system like dot NET would go ahead anyway regardless. Anyway, my obs is 60 km away so it isn't easy to put a mask on the scope, I rely on my software to be set up and function properly. I use remote utilities to control the imaging computer. Special trip next week coming up.
  2. I experienced this myself the other night, an identical scenario and I am in South Australia. I have just refitted my camera after some repair work and was trying to test it and just could not get focus. I tried several objects across the sky and gave up in the end. I then tried to upgrade to the latest version of SGP and discovered I did not have the correct updates and am currently waiting to retest after updating all the relevant software. Will post when I get a chance to test, probably next week. Glad to see I was not alone.
  3. Thanks for likes, people. Alan, it is on the end of the Lagoon Nebula so if you can see that you should be able to see this. I also had it incorrectly labeled as IC4585 instead of IC4685. Cheers and clears!
  4. Howdy. Winter in Australia, hasn't been too nice this year although it probably does not compare to yours. IC4685 and friends. https://pbase.com/image/169726007 Details under image and you can use the size buttons as well. Hope you see something that you like. Cheers and clears, Graham.
  5. Hi, Slowly getting in some time on the scope, having a remote location has its advantages and disadvantages, like every thing, I guess. I have struggled to present this in a way that I think it looks both pleasing and natural, this is iteration 37.2! https://pbase.com/grahammeyer/image/...79/original.jp Details are below the image as are the size controls. I hope you find something in it that you like.
  6. Thanks for stopping by for a look and for the likes! Cheers!
  7. Hi, A bit of vanilla flavour Corona Australis objects in LRGB. Details with image, use the size buttons at the bottom. https://pbase.com/grahammeyer/image/169457213 Cheers and clears!
  8. Purple in the image is now fixed, thanks to Bill! I will remember that one for sure. ?
  9. Thanks Bill, I shall give it a go. ?
  10. Finally completed my SHO version. There is some purple in the image I cannot figure out how to get rid of and I'm sick of playing with it. Hints and tips on how to get rid of it welcome, I'm using PixInsight. https://pbase.com/grahammeyer/image/169136922 Scroll to the bottom for size options and details. Thanks for looking!
  11. Hi David, Thanks for your comments. It only took about 5 complete fresh starts and a week and a bit after work etc. to get it to where I was happy with it. I know that Ha and OIII aren't meant to make natural colour! I've added the image details in for those that cannot see it on the link provided in my original post. Generally the heat is dry although it gets humid at times, although not really tropical. The problem is that the seeing is badly affected by the heat rise and some nights we were lucky to get below 25°C. Those nights the guide star jumps all over the place, which doubles the seeing error equaling a poor quality image. I share the obs with my brother and we both pulled out the scopes for about 5 weeks in the middle, it was near on impossible to do anything. Some very nice stuff on your website, by the way! Cheers and clears!
  12. Hello Astro Peeps, I hope everyone is all good! Isn't there some amazing images on this site and others. Amateur imaging has never been so good! I myself have finally managed to get some data for an image, of which I am very happy. It has been so hot here it has been impossible to get any good data. One day a couple of months ago, I hung the thermometer from the grape vine under the back verandah and it was 47.5°C. Sounds far fetched, although true. I live in Adelaide, South Australia and we are 11km from the CBD and usually 1.5 degrees hotter than there! Anyway, I thought I'd try my hand at a Ha, OIII bi-colour image while waiting for my SII data to come in. There seems to be a halo issue with some of the filters for which I will need to do further testing so I apologise for their distracting nature. Details are with the image but basically 3hrsx15min subs for each channel. https://pbase.com/grahammeyer/image/169113477 You can scroll to the bottom to choose another size or auto to fit your screen. Happy photon collecting! ? Details for those that cannot see them. Telescope: William Optics FLT132 Guide Scope: QHY OAG Camera: QHY9 Mono @ -20c Filter Wheel: QHY 7 position Ultra Slim Filters: Baader 36mm unmounted L R G B HA OIII SII Guide Camera: QHY5L-II Mount: AZ-EQ6 Mount Control: EQASCOM Focusing: SharpSky Pro and Sequence Generator Pro 3 (automated) Bahtinov Mask: No (initial focus) Capture Software: Sequence Generator Pro 3 Guiding Software: PHD2 Calibration and Stacking Software: PixInsight Processing Software: PixInsight Number and Type of Data Frames: L= X min, R= x min, G= x min, B= x min Ha= 12x15min, SII= x , OIII= 12x15min. Binning: 1x1 Total Image Time: 6 hrs Location: Lockleys Observatory B, Tanunda, Sth Australia Light Box by Exfso
  13. Ok, so the way you described it is how I set it up originally. I thought that I placed it wrong and added a 10mm spacer for giggles to see what would happen. Hard to get good star shape now. So, really this flattener is not suitable for a dedicated astro set up? If you want to dabble with a DSLR, all good. The other flattener that I have has a backfocus of 88mm plus 1 mm for filters. https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p2646_TS-Optics-PHOTOLINE-Full-Frame-APO-Corrector---Flattener-for-astrophotography.html This unit appears to be made with cameras other than DSLR's in mind.
  14. Your modesty is a virtue, William. I have not fitted the field stops at this stage, I am a little bit over the battle at the moment, so I've decided to capture a few images with what I have for the moment and digest all that has come to pass. In doing so, I have been contemplating the new flattener that I have aside for the scope and was thinking about back focus distances which got me to thinking about my current setup. Can someone interpret the specs on this page for the Flat IV particularly the recommended lens to chip distance and back focus recommendations. https://www.cyclopsoptics.com/flattener-reducer/william-optics-flat4-0-8x-reducer-flattener/ I take it that the 66-86 mean the numbers on the flattener adjustment and the back focus is the distance from the chip to the back of the flattener?
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